Can Priests and Religious Endorse Political Candidates
Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, CM
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This article attempts to provide a clear answer to the question “can priests and religious endorse and campaign for political candidates?” Canon Law’s obvious prohibition is clear, but the same Canon Law also provides for exception in circumstances when “the protection of the rights of the Church or the promotion of the common good requires it.” In the discernment of many religious and clergy, the conditions surrounding around the May 2022 election in the Philippines satisfy this condition. Beyond partisan endorsement and campaigning, I have also provided in the end several pastoral options for political participation on the ground.

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